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The '''Ohio Secretary of State''' is an elected statewide official in the State of Ohio
. The Secretary of state is responsible for overseeing elections in the state; registering business entities (corporation
s, etc.) and granting them the authority to do business within the state; registering secured transaction
s; and granting access to public documents.
From 1803 to 1851, the Ohio Secretary of State was elected by the Ohio General Assembly
to a three-year term. The 1851 Ohio Constitution made the office elective, with a two-year term. In 1954, the office's term was extended to four years. The Secretary of State is Election Results, Ohio Secretary of State|elected
in even-numbered, off cycle years, (no Presidential elections), after partisan primary elections.